WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS?
Endometriosis happens when tissue normally found inside the uterus grows in other parts of the body. It may attach to the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the exterior of the uterus, the bowel, or other internal parts. As hormones change during the menstrual cycle, this tissue breaks down and may cause painful adhesions, or scar tissue. More than 5.5 million American women have symptoms of endometriosis.
- Triad of symptoms: Dysmenorrhea, dyspareunia and infertility.
- Physical examination reveals one or more of the following: Tenderness of the pelvic area enlarged or tender ovaries; a uterus that is backwards and lacks mobility.
- Pelvic ultrasounds: Detection and consistency of endometriomas.
- Definitive diagnosis: A laparoscopy or laparotomy visualizing endometrial implants within the pelvic cavity.
- Endometriosis affects 10% to 15% of menstruating women between the ages of 24 and 40 years old.
- The main risk factor for endometriosis is heredity.
- Women with a mother or a sister with endometriosis have and increased risk.
- Women with shorter menstrual cycles and longer duration of flow have been found to be at higher risk for endometriosis.
- Lack of exercise from an early age.
- High-fat diet.
- Use of intrauterine devices.
- Natural-red hair color.
- A greater number of women with adhesions or endometriosis, or both, have reported abuse in their history.
- Increased immune action within the pelvic cavity and the possibility of antibody reactions to sperm has prompted recognition of an immunologic basis for endometriosis.
- Additional possible risk factors are immune dysfunction; prenatal exposure to high levels of estrogens; exposure to environmental estrogens or endocrine disruptors, weed killers, plastics, detergents, household cleaners, tin can liners; long-term dioxin exposure; and inappropriate liver metabolism.
ETIOLOGIC HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINES
Vitex Agnus Castus, Taraxacum Officinale, Xanthoxylum Americanum
- Vitamin C: 6 to 10g in divided doses.
- Beta-carotene: 50,000 to 150,00 IU daily.
- Vitamin E: 400 to 800 IU daily.
- Fish oil: 1000mg daily.
- B complex: 50 to 100mg B vitamin complex daily.
- Selenium: 200 to 400 µg daily.
- Several dietary principles are key in a natural medicine approach to endometriosis:
- Normalize the immune response.
- Optimize liver function to conjugate and metabolize hormones and to detoxify endogenous and exogenous toxins.
- Eliminate metabolic wastes.
- Assist optimal transit time and proper intestinal microflora.
Foods Rich in OMEGA-3 Fatty Oil Groups
- – Any salt-water fish that has fat (salmon, sardines, herring)
- – Sun flower oil
- – Evening primrose
- – Brazil nuts
- – Olive oil
- – Flaxseed
- – Hemp seeds
- – Pumpkin seeds
- Increase your intake of fibre as the fibre intake decrease the circulating estrogen in your system whole grains like buckwheat, rye, rice, corn.
- Introduce whole grains like buckwheat, rye, rice, corn.
- Integrate fiber foods like hemp and legumes into your diet.
- Eat lots of organically grown fruits and vegetable (avoid pesticides).
- Eat very little red meat. If you do make sure is kosher and organic.
- Eat moderate amounts of white meat like organic chicken and turkey bird.
- Avoid dairy products.
- Take acidophilus and digestive enzymes.
- Take natural vitamin E, C, zinc, selenium, fish oil and evening primrose oil.
- Take calcium and magnesium supplement.
- Drink purified water
Foods to Avoid if You Have Endometriosis
Avoid Dairy in Endometrioses Diet
products women with endometriosis should avoid are milk, cream, half & half, yogurt, sour cream, cheese, butter, sherbet, white or chocolate milk, ice cream, ice milk, creamed soups and vegetables, soup bases, puddings, custard, and whey.
Endometriosis & Gluten-Free
- avoiding the obvious wheat-based products such as flour, bread, pastas, pizzas, cereal, and other pastries.
Reduce Red Meat Intake
- Red meats promotes negative prostaglandins which cause inflammation & can also contain growth hormones.